These seminars are open to Oxford research students and Faculty members working in international law as well as to visiting scholars. The seminars offer an opportunity for members of the Oxford PIL research community to present their work - at various stages - to fellow students and academics in a friendly and informal atmosphere. If students have a PIL component in their research, but are not on the research seminar mail list, please contact

During the COVID-19 health crisis, these seminars will be held remotely and participants will be sent a link to join the seminar. These seminars are held weekly in term time, on Wednesday mornings from 09.30 to 10.30. Each week a researcher makes a brief presentation on the subject of his or her research and the topic is then opened for discussion. This is one of the liveliest and most searching forums for discussion of international law in the University, and is an excellent way of keeping up to date in the subject and honing analytical and presentation skills.

Michaelmas Term 2020 schedule:
Week 1 (14 October): Introduction - Welcoming session
1.  Gayathree Kalliyat Thazhathuveetil (Brasenose) (DPhil)
International Responsibility for Human Rights Violations by De Facto Regimes
2. Demi-Lee Franklin (St Peter's) (DPhil PRS)
State Responsibility Within the Regime of the European Convention on Human Rights: Deciphering the European Court of Human Right’s Approach to Attribution
3.  Ji Ma (Mansfield) (DPhil PRS)
Bridging Multinational Corporations' Investment-Environment Gap
Week 2 (21 October): Introduction - Welcoming session
1.  Danilo Barbosa Garrido Alves (St Hilda's) (DPhil PRS)
The Civil Liability of International Organisations for Human Rights Violation
2.  Michal Karolak (St Hugh's) (MPhil)
Public Interest in International Investment Arbitration
3.  Mikayla Brier-Mills (Worcester) (MPhil)
Does International 'Humanitarian’ and/or 'Human Rights' Law Regulate How States Treat Detained Terrorist Suspects to Ensure Adherence to the Humane Treatment Obligation in Common Article 3(1)(1)(a) of the Geneva Conventions of 1949
Week 3 (28 October)Introduction - Welcoming session 
1.   Madelaine Clifford (Merton) (MPhil)
The Role of the ICJ in the Development of International Climate Change Law
2.   Konstantinos Giorkas (Wolfson) (MPhil)
What do Individuals and International Human Rights Law have to Offer to the jus ad bellum System?
Week 4 (4 November) - Welcoming session
Elena Rizzo (Brasenose) (DPhil PRS)
Reconciling Investment Protection and the Objectives of Climate Change Regulations in Investor-State Arbitration

Week 5 (11 November)
Srijana Regmi (Lincoln) (MPhil)
Extraterritorial jurisdiction under the ECtHR: An analysis of the "public power" criterion'
Week 6 (18 November)
Anna Ventouratou (Wadham) (DPhil)
General Defences in International Adjudication
Week 7 (25 November) 
Eleni Methymaki (St Catherines) (DPhil)
Non-Adoption of Domestic Legislation as a Violation of the State’s International Obligations
Week 8 (2 December):
Sanya Samtani (DPhil),  Bonavero Institute of Human Rights
The Right of Access to Educational Material
Hilary Term Weeks 1 - 8 available.